Everyone Deserves Some Respect

I’ve been working on a project with my friend Irfan Mujeebudin, and I’d like to share it with you all. For a while I’ve been wanting to make a short video about the homeless people in Monroe Park, and I recently had the opportunity. Tonight there is a Coffee House event, and we decided to submit a video as our performance.
A lot of people walk by Monroe Park and avoid and ignore the homeless people. Sometimes what they want is more than just your change. They want an interaction, and they want to feel like they are a part of society. Through this project, we made many friends and learned the stories of many people. In this video we hoped to show a different side of the homeless people. Everyone deserves respect, no matter their social class. I hope that we can all respect each other and reach out to those in need.

MSA VCU Coffeehouse 2011 from Irfan Mujeebuddin on Vimeo.

We finally completed our video after weeks of planning, days of interviews and 12 hours of editing. That was just to make the deadline. This is something I’m interested in expanding on. There was a lot of background noise in some of the clips, so if you didn’t catch something, feel free to ask. We cut down over 30 minutes of footage so it would work with the time allotted for tonight’s show.

I hope you all enjoy and take something away from this.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Yesterday while I was grabbing something from my room really quick, I looked outside of my window and saw this….
The camera I had in my room was out of memory, and my other camera was on the first floor. So this is from my cell phone!

It was incredible.
I love living on the 18th floor ๐Ÿ™‚
Storms are pretty cool up here, too. Kinda scary, but definitely cool. And when it’s foggy, it’s insane. This is the best view of a rainbow I’ve ever had! I bet if I had a car, I could drive to the end of it and claim the pot of gold.

Friendship Tax

Congratulations to my best friend Rachel for getting accepted into nursing school at the University of South Florida! She’ll be there starting this summer which means we won’t get to see each other at all, but I really would like to visit her later this year, so we’ll see what happens. Anyway, I’m really proud of her because she’s been working so hard to get to this point and it’s good to know that it’s all finally paid off!
I actually don’t remember how we met, but it was in 5th grade when I moved to her area. Throughout middle school we walked home together, went back to our elementary school to swing on the swings, and sometimes chased after the ice cream truck. We rode our bikes around all the time, discovered new routes through forests to take home, and ran away from this girl that kept following us (LOL). I went to her house after school a lot, and drank more Capri Sun than you’ve ever seen in your life. In high school, Rachel’s ice cream shop, Lazy Sundae opened up nearby and we got fat off of the best homemade ice cream in the world.

what Rachel says when she sees this photo: “I’m so glad we’re pretty now.”
we love ice cream 2006 (the care-free days)

Later in high school, we took driver’s ed together, played Powerpuff football, went thrifting, and decided we weren’t getting accepted into college, so we would get a flat in New York City and become interior designers.
That didn’t happen, but it’s secretly still our dream. Now we both go to great universities a million miles away from each other.

Rachel, me, Zachary, and Schlomit at Clare and Don’s Beach Shack
Winter 2009

And that’s our friendship in a nutshell. And it’s been written countless times in countless yearbooks over the years. Rachel’s one of the strongest people I know, and she’s not at all influenced by those around her. Which is the opposite of me, and probably the reason we are such good friends. She’s also the realest person I know. Lovee herrr. CONGRATULATIONS.

the ethinicities in Paris

clip via Beauty of Islam
When I was at a protest in DC one year (I was probably 15 at the time), this man walking past my friends and I said, “You can take that thing off your head, you’re in America now.” This clip just reminded me of that. It’s a shame some people are still so ignorant about cultures and religions outside of their own. I thought the girl in the clip could have done a better job at covering her hair if she was a hijabi haha. I really like this, though! I like that the grandfather was so open-minded and invited the young man to walk with them. It shows how Muslims need to treat others, no matter their backgrounds. Some Muslims complain about not being treated equally, but they have no problem denying others respect. That’s unIslamic and shows ignorance on their part, as well. I want to see the rest of the movie!


For Earth Day this year I painted a pot for my mom and planted sunflower seeds in it. I honestly don’t know how to make these seeds grow into flowers, but I can’t wait. Sunflowers are my favorite.
What did you all do for Earth Day? Normally while I’m home, I force everyone to turn lights and all electronics off for Earth Hour, and I light candles. I love candles. I hope to decorate my future home with scented candles in every room. I like dimmer light in the evenings, and it saves energy. BESTDAYEVER. Everyone should take part.

I’m obviously not an artist, but I do like how the clouds came out.

sitting right beside my year-old money tree on the window sill ๐Ÿ™‚